Aug 30th, 2020
Walters still in control at ISPS HANDA UK Championship
As Kaymer makes a charge at The Belfry
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South African Walters, who is looking to complete a wire-to-wire victory after taking charge with a stunning opening 64 on Thursday, carded a three-under par 69 to reach 12 under to sit two clear of Kaymer, who surged through the field with a thrilling 66.
Walters - who has been a runner-up three times on the European Tour, with two of those results coming in Portugal to keep his card - made a perfect start with a birdie from 20 feet at the first. The 39-year-old gained further shots at the fifth, seventh and 14th, either side of a dropped shot on the 11th, to double his overnight advantage.
“I was really impressed with myself, to be honest. I've never been in this position - on a Friday I don't think I've ever led a tournament - but I woke up unusually calm. Just wanted to go out there and stick with what I thought. Keep playing aggressively and whatever came my way came my way. I stayed with it, gave myself the best chance of making birdies. For the most part, I just wanted to be aggressive and I think that panned out for me today." said Walters after his round.
English pair Marcus Armitage and Laurie Canter, Spain's Jorge Campillo and Denmark's Rasmus Højgaard share fourth on seven under par - five shots off the lead and three adrift of Kaymer and Hebert.